Rumford police seek extradition of Maine woman jailed in Vermont

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RUMFORD — Police on Thursday sought extradition of a Maine woman locked up in Vermont and wanted here in connection with a home burglary and theft of more than $10,000 in jewelry. 

Capt. Daniel Garbarini traveled to Oxford County Superior Court in South Paris and filed an arrest warrant for Sarah Vitale, 28, on charges of felony burglary and theft related to a Jan. 21 daylight burglary of a Rumford home.

“I’ve asked for extradition on Vitale,” Garbarini said, adding that it likely would be done through the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office in Paris. “It’s a day trip, but I’d guess (Vermont) would want her first, and then it’s my understanding that New Hampshire also has an interest in her.”

Citing his ongoing investigation, Garbarini declined to talk about any interest in Luke Greenlaw, 36, suspected of working with Vitale on numerous burglaries.

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“I still anticipate other arrests,” Garbarini said.

He and Rumford Detective James Bernard said Thursday that they learned last week through the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office that Vitale and Greenlaw, both of Augusta, were arrested on March 1 in Vermont.

“We went to Vermont on Friday and got a confession from her,” Bernard said. “They’d been doing burglaries in Vermont.”

Following a botched burglary on March 1 in Chelsea, Vt., Vermont State Police arrested Vitale and Greenlaw on charges of burglary, possession of stolen property and providing false information to police, according to a Vermont State Police report.

Vitale, who was driving, was also charged with attempting to elude police and with careless and negligent operation, the report stated.

According to the Vermont State Police report, Vermont troopers arrested Vitale and Greenlaw after receiving information that the car Vitale was later found to be driving — a white Chrysler Concorde with Maine plates — was involved in a burglary.

Troopers spotted the car on Route 110 in Chelsea and attempted to stop it, but Vitale turned onto another road and police broke off pursuit for safety concerns, the report stated.

A short while later, they found the crashed car and the couple.

After getting a search warrant for the car, troopers found money bags from the Chelsea Public School inside the car, along with other stolen money, and a large quantity of suspected stolen jewelry and electronics, the report said.

Both Vitale and Greenlaw pleaded innocent to all charges on March 3 in White River Junction District Court, in White River Junction, Vt. Neither was able to pay the $75,000 cash bail to be released.

Greenlaw was remanded to Southern State Correctional Facility in Springfield, Vt., where he has been held since March 1. Vitale was sent to the women’s jail at Northwest State Correctional Facility in Swanton, Vt., a Springfield jail records official said Thursday.

Vitale and Greenlaw are awaiting an April 14 court date in Vermont to determine whether they will make plea deals or seek jury trials.

The Jan. 21 crime in Rumford — one of four burglaries in the River Valley area that day linked to the couple — and theft of jewelry worth $10,000 to $14,000, prompted Rumford police to issue a wanted poster for Vitale and Greenlaw.

Jewelry and other items taken in the Rumford burglary have yet to be recovered, police said.

The couple is also wanted on several burglary-related charges by the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office, which will extradite Greenlaw, who is a Maine fugitive from justice.

tkarkos@sunjournal.com

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